Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hellenic (Greek) singers or musicians & their international hit songs.


My Radio Boo broadcast (Wednesday 9 December 2015)

Hellenes & their international hits in music
Singers & musicians of Hellenic origin & their biggest international hits.


Listen to the radio broadcast

http://yourlisten.com/lefteris.lalos.7/my-radio-boo-broadcast-wednesday-9-december-2015


22:00 - 23:00


01. Who Pays The Ferryman - YANNIS MARKOPOULOS (Theme from the homonymous British TV mini series, 1977)
UK # 11, NL # 10, BE # 15, NZ # 8


02. Gia - DESPINA VANDI (single2003)
ES # 19, SE # 25, AU # 35, DE # 36, BE # 42, IT # 49, NL # 55, UK # 63, CH # 73
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play # 39


03. Opa Opa - ANTIQUE (LP Mera Me Ti Mera1999)
SE # 5, NO # 9, CH # 51, DE # 60
Cover of Notis Sfakianakis' ''Opa Opa'' (1992)
Other Antique hits:
Dinata Dinata (1999, SE # 8, NO # 19)
Mera Me Ti Mera (1999, SE # 45)


04. Opa Opa - DESPINA VANDI (single2004)
DK # 14, IT # 33, DE # 51, AT # 54, CH # 81


05. The Light In Our Soul - HELENA PAPARIZOU (single2005 / LP My Number One, 2005)
SE # 3
Official Hellenic video
Mambo (2006, SE # 5, BE # 18)
Gigolo (2006, SE # 11)


07. You're The One - BANG (single1988)
UK # 74


08. Disco Girl - SAKIS ROUVAS (single2001)
FR # 79
The song was co-written & produced by legendary rock songwriter Desmond Child
Desmond's most famous compositions:
Crazy - AEROSMITH (1992)
How Can We be Lovers - MICHAEL BOLTON (1989)
I Hate Myself For Loving You -JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS (1988)
I Was Made For Loving You - KISS (1979)
Livin' La Vida Loca - RICKY MARTIN (1999)
Livin' On A Prayer - BON JOVI (1986)
Poison - ALICE COOPER (1989)
You Give Love A Bad Name - BON JOVI (1986)


09. Come Along Now - ΦΟΙΒΟΣ feat. DESPINA VANDI (single2004)
ES # 14


10. Mustafa - LEO LEANDROS (single, 1960)
DE # 2
Cover version of ''Mustapha'' by Bob Azzam et Eddy Barclay (1960)


11. Anita - COSTA CORDALIS (single1976)
CH # 1, DE # 3, AT # 4, BE # 12, NL # 15
Other Cordalis songs:
Carolina, Komm (1973, DE # 17)
Es Stieg Ein Engel Vom Olymp (1975, DE # 19)
Die Süssen Traben hängen Hoch (1976, DE # 19)
Shangri La (1975, DE # 27)
Die Blumen Der Nacht (1976, DE # 32)
Nimm Das Nächste Schiff Nach Rhodos (1978, NL # 31)
SOS (1973, DE # 40)


12. Forever & Ever - DEMIS ROUSSOS (LP Forever & Ever1973)
BE # 1, NL # 2, AT # 4, DE # 26, FR # 68
The Roussos Phenomenon EP (1976, including songs "Forever & Ever", "Sing An Ode To Love", "So Dreamy" & "My Friend The Wind")
UK # 1
Other Roussos 70s hits:
Goodbye My Love, Goodbye (1973, CH # 1, DE # 1, AT # 2, NO # 3, FR # 98)
Schönes Mädchen Aus Arcadia (1973, NL # 1, BE # 1, CH # 2, DE # 6, AT # 7)
My Friend The Wind (1973, NL # 1, BE # 1, DE # 7, AT # 15)
Someday Somewhere (1973, BE # 1, NL # 2, AT # 18)
We Shall Dance (1971, NL # 4, BE # 9, DE # 29)
Perdoname (1975, BE # 5, NL # 6)
When Forever Has Gone (1976, UK # 2)
Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun (1975, UK # 5)
My Only Fascination (1974, NL # 11, BE # 11)
Auf Wiederseh'n (1974, NL # 6, BE # 19)
Kyrila (1976, UK # 33, DE # 40)
Can't Say How Much I Love You (1976, UK # 35)
Die Bouzouki, Die Nacht Und Der Wein (1976, DE # 43)


13. Zorba's Dance - MIKIS THEODORAKIS (LP Zorba, The Greek, 1964)
AT # 1, BE # 1, NO # 4, NL # 6, DE # 7
The album of the soundtrack reached US # 26 (1965)


14. Never On Sunday - MAKADOPOULOS & HIS GREEK SERENADERS (single1960)
UK # 36


15. Never On Sunday - MANOS HATZIDAKIS  feat. MELINA MERKOURI (OST Never On Sunday1960)
The song was awarded with Oscar for Best Song in 1960)
The album of the soundtrack reached US # 2


16. Ich Hab' Die Liebe Geseh'n - VICKY LEANDROS (single1972)
Based on "Καημός" by Μίκης Θεοδωράκης feat. Γρηγόρης Μπιθικώτσης (1961)
NL # 1, AT # 1, DE # 2, CH # 2, BE # 4


17. Gitarren Klingen Leise Durch Die Nacht - JIMMY MAKULIS (single1959)
DE # 4, NL # 19
Other songs by Jimmy Makulis
Nachts In Rom (1960, DE # 9)
Sweetheart Guitar (1961, DE # 10)



23:00 - 00:00


18. Conquest Of Paradise - VANGELIS (OST 1492: Conquest Of Paradise1992)
Charts in 1992: UK # 60, FR # 12
Charts in 1994-95: DE # 1, NL # 1, BE # 1, CH # 1, AT # 2
Became popular in 1995, when it was used by famous German boxer Henry Maske during his entry in the box ring.


19. I Want To Live - APHRODITE'S CHILD (single1969)
Based on Plaisir D'amour.
NL # 1, CH # 8, DE # 38


20. I'll Find My Way Home - JON & VANGELIS (single1981)
CH # 1, NL # 2, BE # 3, UK # 6, DE # 6, SE # 9, AT # 19, NZ # 45
Other songs by Jon & Vangelis:
I Hear You Now (1980, UK # 8, BE # 3, NL # 9, DE # 69)
He Is Sailing (1981 , UK # 61)
State Of Independence (1981, UK # 67)


21. Rain & Tears - APHRODITE'S CHILD (LP End Of The World1968)
Based on Johann Pachelbel's ''Canon In D Major'' (1680)
NL # 2, CH # 2, NO # 2, BE # 7, DE # 28, UK # 30


22. Follow Me - DEMIS ROUSSOS (LP Attitudes1982)
NL # 27, BE # 32
Other Roussos 80s hits
Lost In Love feat. Florence Warner (1980, BE # 3 NL # 4)
Quand Je T'aime (1987, FR # 3)
On Ecrit Sur Le Murs (1989, FR # 4)
Island Of Love (1985, NL # 28)
Time (1988, NL # 57)


23. Apres Toi - VICKY LEANDROS (ESC winner for Luxemburg1972)
NL # 1, BE # 1, CH # 1
English version titled ''Come What May'' reached UK # 2 (1972)


24. Only Love - NANA MOUSKOURI (single1985 / Theme from TV mini series ''Mistral's Daughter'', 1984)
UK # 2, NL # 1, BE # 1, SE # 4


25. It's Five O'Clock - APHRODITE'S CHILD (LP It's Five O'Clock1969)
CH # 6, NL # 11


26. If She Doesn't Smile (It'll Rain) - FANTASTIC SOMETHING (single1983)


27. Chariots Of Fire Opening Titles - VANGELIS (OST Chariots Of Fire, 1981)
US # 1, UK # 12, NZ # 8, BE # 13, NL # 17


28. Blade Runner End Titles - VANGELIS (OST Blade Runner1982)


29. Mythodea (Movement 1) VANGELIS (LP Mythodea - Music For The Nasa Mission: 2001, Mars Odyssey)
Album chart positions: IT # 39, DE # 46, CH # 75


30. La Provence (Du Blühendes Land) - NANA MOUSKOURI (single1980)
CH # 8, DE # 17
Other songs in German by Nana:
Adios (1975, DE # 20)
Liebe Lebt (1981, DE # 38)




Eurovision songs by Hellenes in international charts


2001 (3rd place)
(I Would) Die For You - ANTIQUE
SE # 3, NO # 9, DK # 15, CH # 75, DE # 85

2004 (3rd place)
Shake It - SAKIS ROUVAS 
SE # 32

2005 (1st place)
My Number One - HELENA PAPARIZOU
SE # 1, BE # 10, NL # 24, CH # 15, DE # 37, AT # 44

2006 (9th place)
Everything - ANNA VISSI
SE # 26

2008 (3rd place)
Secret Combination - KALOMOIRA
DK # 29, SE # 38

2009 (7th place)
This Is Our Night - SAKIS ROUVAS 
SE # 30

2010 (8th place)
Opa - GIORGOS ALKAIOS
FI # 20, BE # 37

2012 (17th place)
Aphrodisiac - ELEFTHERIA ELEFTHERIOU
AT # 56, DE # 77

2013 (6th place)
Alcohol Is Free - KOZA MOSTRA & AGATHONAS IAKOVIDIS
DE # 85, NL # 95

2014 (20th place)
Rise Up - FREAKY FORTUNE & RISKYKIDD
AT # 67




Some of the most successful International songs by Hellenic artists in Hellenic radio stations 
(2000-2015 / non of the songs entered any European or North American chart)


Alarm - FILM (LP Angel B, 2006)

Avec Toi - ZOE TIGANOURIA feat. IN-GRID (LP Zoe's Code2011)

BabeMONIKA (LP Avatar2008)

Call Me, Call Me - MATISSE (LP Toys Up, 2007)

Capricorn - RAINING PLEASURE (LP Flood, 2002)

Cremona Memories - KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS (EP In Love With Dusk, 2010)

Discomare Sex - DIM ZACH (internet download, 2014)

Epsilon - TRANSISTOR (LP Things You Miss When You Blink, 2008)

Esse Olhar - ATHINA ROUTSI (LP Μην Πεις Αντίο, 2007)

FakeRAINING PLEASURE (LP Flood2002)

Far From Everything - MARK F. ANGELO  feat. SHAYA (single2010)

Gas - MATISSE feat. DIMITRA GALANI (LP Toys Up2007)

I'm Gonna Start Now - MARIETTA FAFOUTI (single, 2014)

In Colors - MINOR PROJECT (single, 2011)

In Your Eyes - SHAYA (LP Resurrection, 2011)

Kastor Bossa RAINING PLEASURE (LP Forwards  +  Backwards, 2003)

K.I.S.S.E.S. - BENT feat. NANA MOUSKOURI (EP Music For Barbecues, 2000 / LP Comfort Zone, Vol 3, 2001)

Kookoobadi - MARIETTA FAFOUTI  (LP Homemade Joy, 2012)

Last Summer - NICKO (single, 2010)

LivingTRANSISTOR (LP Things You Miss When You Blink2008)

Love Me, Love Me, Love Me - RAINING PLEASURE (LP Forwards  +  Backwards, 2003)

On The Highway - IN_VOX  (EP On The Highway, 2003)

Only Through YouRAINING PLEASURE (LP Flood2002)

Over The Hill - MONIKA (LP Avatar, 2008)

Secret In The Dark - MONIKA (LP Secret In The Dark, 2014)

She Smiles - MATISSE (LP Cheap As Art, 2005)

Shine - CYANNA (LP Just A Crash, 2008)

Stop Killing Time - C:REAL (LP Stop Killing Time, 2000)

Strangers - LIEBE (LP Somewhere In Time, 2012)

The End - RECKLESS (single, 2010)

Time Stood Stll - COMMON SENSE (EP Time Stood Still, 2009)

Together Forever - RECKLESS feat. PLAYMEN (2009)

Το Κύμα - Κ. ΒΗΤΑ (LP Για Σένα Με Aγάπη, 2002)

Travel Girl - HITCH HIKE (single, 2003)

Wine - CLOSER (LP Suddenly Comes... 2000)

With Or Without You - C:REAL feat KATE (single, 1999)

You Give Me Love - MARIETTA FAFOUTI geat. GAUTIER (single, 2014)


also see (2017 additions):


ANGELIKA DUSK (Catfight, 2017)

LEON OF ATHENS (Aeroplane, 2017)

MONSIEUR MINIMAL (Candy Face, 2013)

XENIA GHALI (Under These Lights, 2016)




The most successful International 80s songs by Hellenic artists in Hellenic radio stations.
(non of the songs charted in an official European or North American hit parade)


Americana - ALEC R: COSTANDINOS (LP Americana, 1981)

Baby I'm Leaving - SOCRATES (LP Plaza, 1983)

By The By - SHARP TIES (LP Sharp Ties 3, 1986)

Computer Guy - PALMER (single, 1986)

Devil's Rap - L'OPERA (maxi single King Of The Night, 1983)

Don't Burn Down The Bridge BANG (LP The Album1987)

Dreaming In The Night - DREAMER & THE FULL MOON (LP Never Give It Up1986)

Fill Me Up - MANDY (single, 1985)

Fill My Glass With LovingCOSTAS CHARITODIPLOMENOS (LP Itchika1983)

Fire - ALEX C (single, 1987)

Fishing Boat - PROXIES  (LP Eastern Side Of Love, 1984)

Get That Beat - SHARP TIES (LP Sharp Ties, 1981)

Give Me Your Love - COSTAS CHARITODIPLOMENOS (LP Itchika, 1983)

Holding My Heart - BANG (single, 1990)

Jane - NICK CARR (single, 1984)

Lies - SUNDAY CLUB (LP For Sale, 1984)

Lost In The Night - COSTAS CHARITODIPLOMENOS (LP Do It! 1984)

Love Me BabyMANDY (b-side on Fill Me Up, 1985)

Love Me Like I DoCOSTAS CHARITODIPLOMENOS (LP Do It1984)

Loverboy In Hollywood - SCRAPTOWN (LP Rules Of The Game, 1983)

Mosquito Night - DREAMER & THE FULL MOON (LP Sandrina, 1984)

Psycho Killer - PSYCHO (LP Montage Fatal, 1982)

Safari Boys - SHARP TIES (LP Safari Boys, 1982)

Sandrina - DREAMER & THE FULL MOON (LP Sandrina1984)

Singing In The Night (Oh La La) - ANNO DOMINI aka DORA ANTONIADOU (single, 1985)

Take It Or Leave It - TAXI (LP Take It Or Leave It, 1983)

Talk About Love - MARIANA (single, 1985)

Tonight All Night - ALEX C (single, 1986)

Viva Sahara - SCRAPTOWN (single, 1984)

What Is Love - BANG (LP The Album, 1987)

What You Gonna Do - COSTAS CHARITODIPLOMENOS (LP Itchika1983)




Some of the most known Singers & Musicians of Hellenic (Greek) descent


Singers - Musicians Part 1 
(solo & bands)


PETER ANDRE
(both parents Hellenic Cypriots)

THE ANDREWS SISTERS (Rum & Coca Cola, 1945)
(father Hellenas - mother Norwegian)

THE FOUR COINS


DIAMANDA GALAS
(both parents are Hellenes)

NICK GRAVENITES
(both parents Hellenes)

MARIA KALLAS
(both parents Hellenes)

JOHN KONGOS


MARINA & THE DIAMONDS
(Marina Lambrini Diamantis has a Hellenas father & a Welsh mother)

GEORGE MICHAEL 
(father Hellenic Cypriot - mother English)

GEORGES MOUSTAKI
(parents Hellenic Jews)

TONY ORLANDO (Tie A Yellow Ribbon Roud The Ole Oak Tree, 1973)
(father Hellenas - mother Puerto Rican)

JOHNNY OTIS
(both parents were Hellenes)

BASIL POLEDOURIS (composed the score for Conan The Barbarian, Robocop etc)
(both parents Hellenic American)

CAT STEVENS
(father Hellenic Cypriot - mother Swedish)

CHRIS TSANGARIDES (record producer)
(his family is of Hellenic Cypriot orgin)

YANNI
(both parents are Hellenes)


others either less known or less successful:


PAUL LEKAKIS (Boom Boom Let's Go Back To My Room)

MANDY LIGIOS (Commanchero)

THEO SARAPO (2nd husband of Edith Piaf)

NICKY SKOPELITIS



Singers - Musicians Part 2
(Band members)


CHRIS CACAVAS (keyboard player of Green On Red)

ANTHONY COSTA (singer in boy band Blue)

ALEX KAPRANOS (lead singer & guitarist of Franz Ferdinand)

MICK KARN (bassist of Japan, Dalis Car)

TOMMY LEE (drummer of Mötley Crüe)

JIMMY MARINOS (drummer of The Romantics, lead vocals on ''What I Like About You'')

JIM SCLAVUNOS (drummer of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & Grinderman)


others, less known or successful

ANTONIS ANDREOU & ACHILLES LIAMAKOPOULOS (trombone players of PINK MARTINI)

TONY ANTONIADES (member of Big Pig)

NIKO ARVANITIS (rhythm guitarist of Warlock)

BYRON CONTOSTAVLOS (bass player of Mungo Jerry)

ANDY EFTICHIOU (bass player of Mortal Sin)

JAN GHIANTINIE (singer of Vice)

ANDY KYRIACOU (drummer and nowadays singer of Modern Romance)

DEMETRA PLAKAS (drummer of L7)

KOSTA ZAFIRIOU (drummer of Pink Cream 69)




Some of the most successful international Actors, Actresses & Film directors of Hellenic (Greek) descent


Male actors:


HANK AZARIA 

JOHN CASSAVETTES 

GEORGE CHAKIRIS (Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in West Side Story, 1961)

MICHAEL CHIKLIS

MICHAEL CONSTANTINE (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)

GEORGE CORRAFACE (Escape From LA)

SPIROS FOKAS (The Jewel Of The Nile)

ZACH GALIFIANAKIS (Hangover)

GEORGE GEORGIADIS (Hot Dog Ventor in Sleepers)

MICHAEL GIANNATOS (Midnight Express)

THEO JAMES (Underworld Awakening)

JOHN KAPELOS (Weird Science, The Breakfast Club)

ALEX KARRAS (Porky's)

ANDREAS KATSULAS (The Fugitive)

ELIAS KOTEAS (Thin Red Line)

RALPH MACCHIO (Karate Kid)

LOUIS MANDYLOR (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)

ALEXIS MINOTIS (Notorious)

THAAO PENGHLIS (Mission Impossible TV series)

TELLY SAVALAS (Kojak TV series)

JOHN STAMOS (Full House TV series)

TITOS VANDIS (The Exorcist)

YORGO VOGIATZIS (Joseph in Jesus Of Nazareth)

BILLY ZANE (Titanic)




Female actresses:


JENNIFER ANISTON

VANA BARBA (Mediterraneo)

OLYMPIA DUKAKIS

TINA FEY

ANGIE HARMON (TV series Law & Order)

MELINA KANAKAREDES (Detective Bonasera in CSI: NY)

MELINA MERKOURI

IRENE PAPAS (The Guns Of Navarone)

KATINA PAXINOU (Oscar for Best supporting actress in For WhomThe Bell Tolls)

MARINA SIRTIS (Councelor Troy in Star Trek: The Nexht Generation)

TONIA SOTIROPOULOU (Skyfall)

MENA SUVARI (Angela in American Beauty)

CORRINA TSOPEI (A Man Called Horse)

NIA VARDALOS (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)

BETTY WHITE (The Golden Girls)




Directors


THEO ANGELOPOULOS

MICHAEL CACOYANNIS

GEORGE P. COSMATOS

COSTA-GAVRAS

PHIL JOANOU (Final Analysis)

ELIA KAZAN

YORGOS LANTHIMOS

NICO MASTORAKIS

GEORGE MILLER (Mad Max)

ALEXANDER PAYNE

GUS TRIKONIS

GREG YAITANES




Other notable international Hellenes:


SPIRO AGNEW (39th Vice President Of the USA)

CONSTANTIN CARATHEODORY (mathematics pioneer)

DINO FEKARIS (songwriter of ''I Will Survive'')

SIR ALEC ISSIGONIS (designer of the Mini car)

TOM KAPINOS (creator of Californication TV series)

IOANNIS KAPODISTRIAS (cantonization & neutrality of Switzerland)

SOPHIA KOKOSALAKI (fashion designer)

HERMES PAN (dancer, choreographer)

GEORGIOS PAPANIKOLAOU (physician / see: Pap test)

JOSEPH PILATES (father of the Pilates physical fitness method)

DEAN TAVOULARIS (film production designer)

LOUIS TIKAS (coalminers union leader / see: The Ludlow Massacre)

IOANNIS VARVAKIS (inventor of the first preservation method of caviar eggs while being transported)

JOHN VARVATOS (menswear designer)


No comments: